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(32-20-10) Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings (29-26-4)
Date: Saturday February 25th
Time: 1:00 PM
Venue: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
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The Los Angeles Kings managed to stay in the hunt for a wildcard spot without the likes of star goalie, Jonathan Quick, and despite a down year from star center, Anze Kopitar.
Their division & local rival, the Anaheim Ducks, remain in the hunt for the top seed in the Pacific Division, sitting three behind the San Jose Sharks for the top spot.
Anaheim has an excess of good, young puck-moving defensemen, all of whom they will be unable to keep come the summer and the expansion draft.
With Trevor Daley being injured and expected to be out a month and a half in Pittsburgh, could a deal between the two familiar trade partners be struck once again?
Anaheim would like to add some scoring depth up front, and it just so happens that Pittsburgh sits 1st overall in goals per game this season.
Anaheim sits 20th in the goals per game category, and 6th overall in goals against, so a boost offensively would certainly be what the Ducks will focus on. The team is currently led by Ryan Getzlaf’s 46 points, followed closely by Ryan Kesler’s 45 and Corey Perry’s 42.
Rickard Rakell has been a solid secondary scorer with 34 points in 51 games, while leading the team in goals with 24. Jakob Silfverberg is the only other forward with 30+ points on the roster.
The crease has been solidified for this year, and the future, with John Gibson making a successful leap to the full-time starter. In 48 games played this season, Gibson owns a .922 SV% and a 2.24 GAA with 23 wins and five shutouts.
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings will need more offensive production out of their #1 centerman, Anze Kopitar, who has just six goals and 33 points this season.
The Kings offense as a whole has been struggling this season, basically being held out of the basement solely on the efforts of Jeff Carter.
The Kings rank 24th in goals per game at a mark of 2.4, seeing Jeff Carter amount for 29 of their 145 total goals this season. Carter leads the team with 53 total points, nearly 20 ahead of the best King this season, Tanner Pearson (34).
Moreover, there are only three LA players who have 10 or more goals: Carter (29), Pearson (19), and Tyler Toffoli (10).
It will be interesting to watch the Kings at the deadline to see if management truly believes this is a contending team.
Large contracts to underperforming players such as Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown will certainly make it more difficult to navigate the salary cap.
The team’s strongest attribute this season has been goals against, ranking 4th overall at 2.4 per game despite missing the aforementioned Quick.
Peter Budaj has stepped in as the starter and performed admirably, owning a 2.12 GAA and a .917 SV% this season.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The Ducks rank 6th in goals per game at 2.5
- Anaheim is 4-5-1 in February
- Anaheim is 13-13-7 on the road this year
- Los Angeles rank 4th in goals against this season at a mark of 2.4
- Los Angeles is 15-10-1 at home
- Los Angeles have a goal differential of minus-1 on the year
Free St. Louis Blues vs. Los Angeles Kings NHL Hockey Prediction:
Neither of these teams have scored at a great clip this season, but both have done an excellent job of keeping the puck out of their own net.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Line is currently OFF, but I’m on Under 5.5.
Heading into the year, I would never have expected a game with Peter Budaj playing to be a goaltending battle, but this is where we’re at.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Anaheim 3 – Los Angeles 1
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